I read all the bad reviews, and I read the good reviews, and figured the answer was somewhere in the middle. My wife and I set up a campsite annually for a bunch of teens, and need to ensure that whatever we use does the job well. We wanted a propane crockpot, best option seemed to be this little stove, but many reviews were less than glowing. Now I am curious as to what others were actually doing! We chose to do pulled pork, and indications were we'd need to run this thing on high for 4 - 8 hours to do that. WRONG! At less than 30 minutes, I had to turn it down to medium, and should have turned it even lower! The meat was cooked in less than 2 hours, so we actually burned it. A major complaint had been lack of power, at only 5000 BTU, but that is more than enough power for a slowcooker/crockpot. We will be loading it full of meat for our next test, and running it between medium and low, because it seems likely that is going to be our best option. We are also going to have to check it frequently, and slow down the cooking process if need be.
With just this first test of the system, it seems pretty obvious that when my wife and I go camping by ourselves, we are not going to need any other stoves to supplement our cooking needs. In group cooking, this will be only a crockpot cooker, but the fact it does everything will certainly reduce my packing requirements for some trips.
Now, that said - if you live at elevation, remember that water takes longer to boil at higher elevation, and this stove will perform at a lower level accordingly. If you want fast meals and you are in the western mountains, take a different stove, where you have 10k to 20k BTU.
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